Top 10 Highest Paid DJs 2012

With an increase in the popularity of electronic dance music has made DJs high in demand, changing the tradition way of celebration. It might sound surprising to many, but it is true that musicians today are making more money than people who spend all their days in their offices. In early times, music was always taken as an ingredient for recreation but now things are different. In today’s decade music is not only a source of entertainment but also paves the path for a lucrative lifestyle. Here is the selection of Top 10 Highest Paid DJs 2012, who have gained success with their taste for music.

List of Highest Paid DJs 2012

1. Tiësto

2. Skrillex

3. Swedish House Mafia

4. David Guetta

5. Steve Aoki

6. Deadmau5

7. DJ Pauly D

8. Kaskade

9. Afrojack

10. Avicii

Top Ten Highest Paid DJs 2012

Get to know in details, the names that have been included in the selection of the Top Ten Highest Paid DJs 2012.

1. Tiësto

Tiësto - No.1 Highest Paid DJ

Best known for his work as DJ Tiësto, Tijs Michiel Verwest is a Dutch born DJ and record producer of electronic dance music who is regarded as the highest paid DJs of the year 2012 with a whopping amount $ 22 million. On his latest productions, however, he has dropped the “DJ” label and is now known simply as “Tiësto”, an artist name which is a twist of his childhood nickname. In 1997, he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink and released the Magik and In Search of Sunrise CD series. He is also the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympics when he performed live at the opening ceremony in Athens, Greece, just after releasing his second studio album Just Be in 2004 at the Summer Olympics.

2. Skrillex

Skrillex - No.2 Highest Paid DJ

Though born as Sonny John Moore, the American electronic musician cum singer-songwriter has earned his fame by his stage name Skrillex. He was just 24 years when he has climbed the ladder of success with three Grammy awards after he made “Dubstep”, a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London and currently popular worldwide. In December 2011, he was named MTV’s Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year and in 2012 earned the name of being one of the highest paid DJs with a lucrative amount of $15 million.

3. Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia - No.3 Highest Paid DJ

This Swedish DJ trio placed was at number ten on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll 2011 and have been called “the faces of mainstream progressive house music. $ 14 million to their credit, the group was formed in late 2008. The group was also the first electronic act to headline at Madison Square Garden.

4. David Guetta

David Guetta - No.4 Highest Paid DJ

From endorsements for Renault and HP, as well as from live concerts, the French house music producer and disc jockey, David Guetta had $ 13.5 million to his credit in 2012. Originally a DJ in nightclubs during the 1980s and 1990s, he co-founded Gum Productions and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Guetta has sold over three million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. In 2011 Guetta was voted as the number 1 DJ in the ‘DJ Mag Top 100 DJs’ fan poll.

5. Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki - No.5 Highest Paid DJ

Though Steve Aoki charges less per show than many of his fellow competitors, he occupies the fifth position in the row of top ten highest paid DJs 2012 with $ 12 million to his name. The 34-year-old American electro-house musician, record producer and founder of Dim Mak Records also co-owns a management company called DECKSTAR with the late DJ AM.

6. Deadmau5

Deadmau5 - No.6 Highest Paid DJ

Gained popularity as Deadmau5, the Canadian electro-house music producer and DJ is acknowledged for producing a variety of styles with the house genre, or other forms of electronic dance music. His tracks have also been included on compilation albums such as In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza, MixMag’s Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness (mixed by Zimmerman), and on Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show. Performing in a mouse costume, the artist earned $ 11.5 million through the year 2012.

7. DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D - No.7 Highest Paid DJ

Publicly known as DJ Pauly D, Paul DelVecchio gained claimed incessant fame for being a housemate on MTV’s reality show Jersey Shore. Three years later he’s got a slew of eponymous products, his own television show and a DJ career that earns him an average of $40,000 per show from club gigs, private parties and a stint opening for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale tour. Since then he had pulled in a total of $ 11 million dollars and occupies the seventh position among the highest paid DJs about 2012.

8. Kaskade

Kaskade  - No.8 Highest Paid DJ

Kaskade rose to prominence alongside producers deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner, during the revival of the American progressive house in late 2008-early 2009. On October 20th, 2011, DJ Magazine placed the American DJ at rank 30. Again on September 9th, 2011, DJ Times voted Kaskade “America’s Best DJ 2011”. Some of his most popular songs include “Move For Me”, “Turn It Down”, and “Dynasty”. In recent times he credits himself for a worthy of $ 10 million.

9. Afrojack

Afrojack - No.9 Highest Paid DJ

Popular with the stage name “Afrojack”, Nick van de Wall featured on Pitbull’s number one hit single “Give Me Everything” and contributed to Beyoncé’s single “Run the World. The Dutch DJ was listed as number 7 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s of 2011. Also his 2010 entry into the poll at number 19 was the highest new entry of that year’s list and he is currently ranked at number 9 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s of 2012 with a lucrative pay of $ 9 Million.

10. Avicii

Avicii - No.10 Highest Paid DJ

Tim Bergling or Avicii is a Swedish DJ who ranked No. 6 on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine in 2011, and ranked even higher coming at No. 3 on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine in 2012. Also with earnings of $ 7 Million, he has the honor of being one of the top highest paid DJs about 2012. On 9 January 2013, Avicii launched the Avicii x You project, a partnership with Ericsson designed to create the world’s first “crowdsourced” hit song.

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